Independent Gas Transporters

For most people in the UK, this guide covers a topic that will never affect them. Independent gas transporters (IGTs). For the few people in the rural parts of the UK that know what I’m talking about – this guide will hopefully explain what IGTs are, why they exist, and what it means for you.

Why do Independent Gas Transporters Exist?

Honestly… there is no good answer to this question. So, we’ll tackle it by looking at the gas market as a whole.

Most people in the UK will be supplied gas from the National Grid or a gas distribution network (GDN) – but for anybody living in an ‘off-grid’ area, the process is a little different. There are millions of pipes running underground that move our gas from one area to another, living off-grid refers to the people that live in an area that does not have access to this network of pipes.

At a very general view – gas arrives in the UK network from offshore fields or by pipeline from mainland Europe. The National Grid owns and operates all of the gas transmission infrastructure in the UK. Gas is initially checked for quality before being injected into the national transmission system. The gas will then leave the transmission system at 49 set locations around the UK, where it is then transferred to the distribution networks mentioned earlier.

These small group of GDNs are owned and managed by just four companies:

NameArea of Operation
National Grid Gas plcEast Midlands, West Midlands, North-West England, East of England
Northern Gas Networks LtdNorth-East England
Wales & West Utilities LimitedWales and South-West England
SGNScotland and Southern England

However, these four companies don’t reach every single house in the UK. There are some areas of new development, areas too rural, and areas that just aren’t connected for whatever reason. Who is the middle-man that gets the gas to these homes that need it? You guessed it –

Independent Gas Transporters. IGTs work by extending the national gas network to homes that otherwise would not have access to a gas supply. IGTs currently provide almost 1 million homes with gas. As well as operating individual local networks, IGTs also work with developers to create infrastructure within new projects and lay pipelines in new homes. Once properties have been finished, IGTs will then be responsible for providing the gas and maintaining pipes.

Sound great right? Well, maybe hold your horses for just now.

Who are the IGTs?

IGT NameRegistered NumberRegistered Address
Leep Gas Networks Limited10924298The Greenhouse 111 Broadway SALFORD, M50 2EQ  United Kingdom
Squire Energy Limited0478633025-29 High Street Leatherhead Surrey KT22 8AB
Last Mile Gas LimitedSC303150Fenwick House Lister Way Hamilton International Technology Park Glasgow, South Lanarkshire G72 0FT
Energy Assets Pipelines Limited3822878Ship Canal House 98, King Street, Manchester M2 4WU
ES Pipelines Limited3234745Bluebird House Mole Business Park Leatherhead Surrey KT22 7BA
ESP Connections Limited2865198Bluebird House Mole Business Park Leatherhead Surrey KT22 7BA
ESP Pipelines Limited3405272Bluebird House Mole Business Park Leatherhead Surrey KT22 7BA
Fulcrum Pipelines Limited060063622 Europa View Sheffield Business Park           Sheffield S9 1XH
GTC Pipelines Limited3104203Energy House Woolpit Business Park Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP30 9UP
Independent Pipelines Limited2828692Energy House Woolpit Business Park Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP30 9UP
Quadrant Pipelines Limited2528816Energy House Woolpit Business Park Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP30 9UP
Indigo Pipelines Limited274272115 Diddenham Court Lambwood Hill Grazeley Reading RG7 1JG
Harlaxton Gas Networks9805332Toll Bar Road Marston Grantham Lincs NG32 2HT
Murphy Gas Networks10622244Hiview House Highgate Road London NW5 1TN

How does IGT affect me?

If you are one of the 1 million households that are currently supplied by an IGT – I may be the bearer of bad news.

Ofgem regulate the amount that UGTs can charge their customers for using their networks through ‘Relative Price Control’ (RPC). This requires independent gas transporters charges to be capped for all new customers at a level consistent with the Gas Distribution Network equivalent price. For any sites that pre-date RPC – IGTs are free to charge under the agreements already in place until they fully migrate to RPC.

So, what this means is that Ofgem do regulate IGTs to provide their services at a price that is broadly in-keeping with what other customers will be paying for GDN gas.

Problem sorted? Not really. In the real world, you will be stuck paying more for gas for as long as you remain within the property. Some gas suppliers simply do not offer service to some residents serviced by IGTs, leaving you with a narrow range of options to choose from. Often this forced shortlist does not contain your original ‘best option’. Further to this, suppliers will now only offer a ‘bespoke’ contract that will contain higher prices than usual.

  • How to tell if you are serviced by an IGT?
  • What is an IGT?
  • Is an IGT different to the GDN?
  • How do I tell if my gas is from an IGT?
  • Are IGTs bad?
  • I am paying more for my gas with an IGT, why?